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President's Message
This Year's Education Bills (Mary Anne Raywid)
Affordable Shelter (Jackie Parnell)
New LWV State Website (Andrea Dean)
2006 Freedom of Information Compliance Audit (Jackie Parnell)
League Makes it to the Wheel (Jean Aoki)
Voter Owned Elections (Clean Elections) (Kory Payne)
Education Committee Report (and why political reform...) (Mary Anne Raywid)
Never Say it Makes No Difference (Jean Aoki)
Court Rules Private Serial Communications Violate State's Sunshine Law
Martha Black Dies
Gambling: Hopefully a Non-Issue This Legislative Session (Judy Rantala)
Century of Accountability (Mary Anne Raywid)
Prophecy Gone Wrong (Dwight D. Eisenhower)
Chapter Reports: Kauai (Carol Bain)
Chapter Reports: Honolulu (Jackie Parnell)
Chapter Reports: Hawaii (Marianna Scheffer)
Chapter Reports: Maui (Joshua Cooper)

Chapter Reports: Honolulu

Planning and Transportation have occupied the Honolulu League for the last several months. We asked A&B to present their proposal at our annual meeting in December. Stan Kuriyama was grilled as only League members can and it became clear that their issues are really with the vision of the Hawaii Community Development Authority. A&B was only responding to their proposal. HCDA wants to create a community in Kakaako where people can "live, work, and play." And they want it to be selfsupporting. Other people are okay with the "play" part but don't want any residences. They are also upset that State land would be sold. They have presented alternate proposals that would require state funding.

There are beaucoup bills in the Legislature to stop the project. Meanwhile, Governor Lingle supports the vision and might veto efforts to scuttle. Stay tuned.

Transportation also has hot issues. As noted in our last report, we polled our members on the update of the Oahu Regional Transportation Plan by obtaining and inserting a printed brochure and public survey in the Aloha Voter. Now the draft proposals are open for comments until March 15. Meanwhile, the analysis of alternative routes for rapid (or not-very-rapid) transit is proceeding. Route selection is guaranteed to lead to more contention!

Another front we are covering concerns the activities of the Honolulu Charter Commission as it sorts through the many proposals for change. Public meetings are scheduled for March and April

Jackie Parnell,
President

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